Webinar: Catalyzing and Measuring Women’s Leadership and Empowerment in African Agricultural Research & Development

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Date: July 13, 2017
Time: 3 – 4.30PM Central European Time (CET)

This webinar has been developed based on a special issue of the Journal of Gender, Agriculture and Food Security on catalyzing and measuring women’s leadership and empowerment in African agricultural research & development. The webinar will be lead by African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD), together with the CGIAR Collaborative Platform for Gender Research. Experts will discuss a range of topics, including:

  • Introductory remarks on the special issue and an overview of the AWARD program (by Dr. Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenberg).
  • Dr. Nienke Beintema will discuss An assessment of the gender gap in African agricultural research capacities“, using recent survey data to provide an updated measurement of women’s participation in agricultural research and development. Beintema will highlight various demographic details of sub-Saharan Africa’s agricultural research capacity, disaggregated by gender and across countries and time. Beintema will also give an assessment of the participation of women in African agricultural research within a broader global perspective.
  • Dr. Melody Mentz will present “The benefits of both worlds: Towards an integrated mixed-methods approach for evaluating women’s empowerment”, exploring the value of employing mixed methods both for the purposes of increasing the credibility of results, and for improving understanding of the ways in which the AWARD fellowship facilitates and enables change to happen. Mentz will describe the development and implementation of, a multi-phase, parallel convergent mixed-methods design applied by AWARD in implementing monitoring, evaluation and learning to understand not only the empowerment of the AWARD fellows, but to identify in which ways (and to what degree) the fellowship contributes to empowerment.
  • AWARD contributes to women’s empowerment because of the variety of its interventions that combine to uniquely build different skills and capacities within individuals. Dr. Apollo Nkwake will look at the three complementary components of AWARD, which encapsulate its various activities that are aimed at fostering mentoring partnerships, building science skills, and developing leadership capacity:
    1. Designing effective leadership capacity development programs for women agricultural researchers in Africa.
    2. Building science skills to improve the contributions of women to agricultural research and development in Sub-Saharan Africa.
    3. Strengthening mentoring partnerships for African women scientists in the agricultural research and development system in sub-Saharan Africa

Please view full details on the webinar and register here.

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